By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS (Feb. 5, 2015) — Veteran international journalist, Dan Wooding, is offering media outlets, Christian leaders, and anyone else who wants “to keep up with world news and how it affects Christians,” a free subscription to the ASSIST News Service (ANS), which has just been totally updated.
Wooding, 74, began this unique service, which carries news about the persecution of Christians around the world, missions, features on inspiring people and popular culture, more than 20 years ago. It is based in Lake Forest, California, and carries the banner, “Your Global Link with the World.” Its website is www.assistnews.net.
With a team of talented writers stationed in some of the world’s most dangerous places, including India, Pakistan and Egypt, ANS brings subscribers up-to-date news and unique stories right into people’s in-boxes. Many of these stories are carried widely around the world by the Christian media and have also been picked up by secular media including USA Today, the Washington Times, The Minneapolis Tribune-Star, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register (who recently featured Wooding as their lead story,) the Fox News Channel, and the BBC.
Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents and moved with them to the UK when he was two years old, has been a journalist now since 1968. He has worked as Chief Reporter for Billy Graham’s London newspaper, The Christian, and it closed, he then moved to the Middlesex County Times in Ealing, London, where he wrote the first-ever story on the Monty Python team, who made most of their programs in Ealing and also about keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, who for many years played with the British super group, Yes.
After five years with this local newspaper, where he became the Chief Reporter, he also became a correspondent for all of Britain’s national newspapers, including The Times of London, and eventually was given a staff job as a senior reporter with the Sunday People in London, which at that time had the second highest circulation of any newspaper in Europe, and later with the Sunday Mirror.
Specializing in crime, religion and show business, Wooding interviewed people like Ronnie Kray, Britain’s most infamous gangster, Robert Wagner, Johnny Mathis, Burt Lancaster, Kenny Rogers, David Soul, as well as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from The Beatles.
In 1975, he flew to India to interview Mother Teresa in Calcutta and Wooding was also a London-based correspondent for the National Enquirer, America’s largest circulation tabloid.
After a spiritual renewal in his life, Wooding left this form of journalism and has specialized in eyewitness reporting of persecuted Christians around the world. He has filed stories from Albania, Argentina, Burma, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gaza and the West Bank, Grenada, India, Israel, Jordan,
Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malawi, Nicaragua, North Korea, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam, to name some of the hot spots. (He was one of the first-ever Christian journalists to be invited to report from North Korea and he spent a week there filing stories for the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC.)
His articles on Christians being persecuted for their faith are published worldwide and his weekly commentary was carried for ten years on the UPI Radio Network.
He was also an interviewer for the BBC Radio 1 and LBC (the London Broadcasting Company,) and now has a weekly radio show in America called Front Page Radio which originates from the KWVE Radio Network (www.kwve.com) and a monthly Internet TV show called His Channel Live (www.hischannel.com), which is seen in 192 countries around the world.
Wooding has also interviewed many world personalities, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and he even worked with Billy Graham as part of his media team in Moscow, Russia; Essen, Germany; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dan even wrote a cover story on Mr. Graham and his son, Franklin, for the Saturday Evening Post, and helped to re-launch Plain Truth magazine with an interview with Billy Graham about how to be born-again.
What makes Wooding and his team of ANS writers unusual is the fact that none of them [including Dan and myself] get a salary for their work – but we each raise our own support and look upon ourselves as “Media Missionaries.”
Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California, one of America’s largest churches, and author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” provided an endorsement for Dan Wooding’s autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth,” which is one of his 45 books. Warren said, “Dan Wooding has lived one of the most amazing and exciting lives you could ever imagine.”
I certainly agree with that, and you can be part of this excitement and challenge, especially if you care about what is going on to our brothers and sisters in this increasingly violence world of ours.
Even church prayer groups have signed up so they can pray each week for the many persecuted Christians that ANS regularly features. Their prayers are such an encouragement for people like Asia Bibi, who is under sentence of death in Pakistan for standing up for Jesus, and Pastor Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American Christian leader who is serving eight years for his faith in one of Iran’s worst prisons.
So if you would like a free subscription, just go to www.assistnews.net and scroll down until you can see the form where you sign up. By the way, your e-mail address will not be shared with anyone else and is only used to send you these ANS stories. (If you prefer, just shoot Dan an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name and e-mail address, and he’ll be happy to add you.)
Please feel free to tell your friends and colleagues about this free offer.
“However,” says Wooding, “please bear in mind that this is a news service, so you will be receiving several stories each day, many of which you will not read anywhere else.”
Note: The ASSIST News Service has recently been totally re-designed by http://greedbegone.com/, a group of Calvary Chapel pastors who help Christian ministries with their Internet needs. So check it out at www.assistnews.net. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!
1) Dan Wooding with Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1975 after interviewing her
2) Dan Wooding interviewing anti-apartheid leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a visit to Sheffield, England
3) Dan chatting with Billy and Ruth Graham at their home in Montreat, North Carolina, after an interview
4) Dan pictured with Rick Warren at NRB 2013